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Bug#889820: debian-policy: 12.5, relaxed requirement for copyright location

Hello Javier,

On Wed, Feb 07 2018, Javier Serrano Polo wrote:

> X-Debbugs-CC: aba@debian.org, ballombe@debian.org,
> spwhitton@spwhitton.name, rra@debian.org

This isn't needed.  We all read the Policy mailing list.

> Copyright information, like changelogs and manuals, is not technically
> required by software.
> I propose this enhancement to section 12.5:
>         Every package must be accompanied by a verbatim copy of its
>         copyright information and distribution license in the file
>         /usr/share/doc/package/copyright or
>         /usr/share/doc/source-copyright/copyright; the latter may not
>         be installed. [...]
>         [...] and the first package Depends on the second.
>         Alternatively, /usr/share/doc/package may not exist if the
>         package Recommends source-copyright, which comes from the same
>         source. [...]
> Satisfied needs:
>      1. Option to not install documentation files.

Could you expand on why this is worth doing?

> Additional benefits:
>      1. Putting this information in a separate
>      architecture-independent
>         package reduces repository disk usage.

I suspect it increases dak's workload, though, due to all the extra
binary packages.

>      2. It helps to solve the Multi-Arch file refcounting problem.

I'm not aware of this; could you refer me to a description of the


Sean Whitton

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